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What roles and responsibilities do lawyers assume in civil child protection cases? As distinguished from other legal proceedings which may grow from a case of child maltreatment, civil child protection proceedings focus on the child and the child's needs. These civil cases are not concerned with punishing an offender, recovering money damages from a person or institution who may have harmed a child, or suspending someone from a professional license. The focus here is on the proper care and custody of the child.


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